News Briefs 6/4/2009
Route 28 corridor travelers should plan an extra few minutes
to their commutes for next few weeks. Work crews assembled
a temporary traffic light early Monday morning, June 1, in
Mount Tremper on the state-owned Highway.
The light is to stop traffic while the state department of
transportation works on what is known as the Mount Tremper
Bridge, a large span over the Esopus Creek located just an
eight of a mile west of the junction of Route 28 and State
But have no fear. DOT officials say there is nothing wrong
with the bridge.
DOT spokesperson Allison Ackerman said the job is part of
a large, two year project to maintain 20 bridges in a three
county area. The project does not include Delaware County
“It’s upkeep. Maintenance. That’s all,”
she said this week, noting that the job involves swapping
out the bearings on the bridge and some painting.
While she was unable to say exactly how long the red light
will be in place, staffers with Harrison and Burrows Bridge
Construction, the Glenmont Firm contracted to do the work,
said it is expected to be active for a little more than a
The good news is the light will only be operational between
the hours of 7AM and 5PM on weekdays. It will be off during
evening hours, weekends and holidays.
Tom Story, a DOT official involved with the project, said
the light is portable.
“They’re gonna take it down every day,”
Ulster County’s new Smoke Free law governing all county-owned
or leased properties went into effect as of June 1, after
being pass approximately six months ago by the full legislature.
Now the question is whether there will be enforcement of the
new legislation along the county-owned railbed rightaway of
the old Ulster & Delaware line, now leased to the Catskill
More on that when we return to CMRR news in the coming issues…
The Mid-Hudson Athletic League held their eleventh annual
Senior Scholar-Athlete Recognition Breakfast on June 2, 2009
at Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston. A female and male senior
were selected from each of 16 high schools in the MHAL League.
Jennifer Crego of West Shokan and George Loizou of Shokan
were there to represent Onteora High School.
Jennifer, who is ranked 13th in her class, played varsity
tennis for 6 years, varsity basketball for 3 years and varsity
softball for 3 years. George, ranked 28th, played varsity
baseball for 2 years, varsity football for 1 year and varsity
wrestling for 4 years.
In addition to them both being honored as scholar-athletes,
Jennifer was also presented with the MHAL Sportsmanship Award.
A Buffalo man has been charged with second degree murder after
being captured by a quick thinking Shandaken Police detective.
Things started when an Erie County medical examiner’s
autopsy of Constance A. Shepherd, 42 of Tonawanda, a suburb
of Buffalo, revealed the cause of death to be a deep laceration
to her neck, leading police to rule the death a homicide.
Police said the cut was caused by a “sword-sized knife”
that was located in another room of the Shepherd’s house.
Police had issued a nationwide “attempt to locate”
alert for her husband, Stephen Shepherd, 58.
Shandaken police Detective Fred Holland found Shepherd on
Thursday, May 21 camping at a fishing spot after identifying
his tan 2003 Dodge Neon, for which Tonawanda police had issued
a nationwide alert. Holland said that, at first, he was unaware
that it was the car in question, but had noticed the vehicle
had been parked for a while, and was parked in such a way
as to be hidden. When he questioned Shepard, he added, the
man said he was there to kill himself because he had done
something to “hurt my wife.”
When Shepard added that he thought he might have killed her
Holland took no chances.
“I told to put his hands on the car and cuffed him,”
Shepherd was taken to the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office
to be interviewed by Tonawanda police detectives, who were
flown by helicopter into the Kingston-Ulster Airport in the
town of Ulster later Thursday. He then was taken back to Tonawanda,
where he was charged with second-degree murder, the maximum
sentence for which is 25 years to life in state prison.
Three black bears were killed in nearby Greene County on Sunday,
May 24 by order of the state Department of Environmental Conservation
after they broke into several homes, an agency spokesman said.
The mother bear and her two yearlings were shot by members
of the Hunter police and state police, along with a conservation
officer, Department of Environmental Conservation Region 4
spokesman Rick Georgeson said, noting that the bears were
considered a nuisance because they had broken into four homes
in the Hunter area over a period of time and tried to get
inside others. He added the bears had become a problem because
people were feeding them and the bears learned to associate
humans with food.
“We believe they are the same bears that people were
hand-feeding last year,” Georgeson said, adding that
his agency had issued letters warning people not to feed them.
Georgeson said four black bears have been killed in the Hunter
area this year. He said the first had also been a “home-entry
bear.” Georgeson added that his office has had 52 complaints
involving bears either on people’s porches, menacing
individuals or damaging property this year.
Greene County sheriff’s Deputy Travis Richards said
he was present when the mother bear and yearlings were shot.
He said he had seen the bears exiting a residence on state
Route 296 and helped chase them away using rubber buckshot
issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation. The
next day, he saw the bears again on a village street where
they attempted to get into more residences. He added that
in between those incidents, a biologist with the state agency
ordered that the mother bear be killed if she was seen again.
On Sunday, the bears were found on Pine Lane trying to break
into a shed and were followed down the road where they were
seen trying again to gain entry to people’s homes, Richards
said. He said the bears were eventually treed and killed per
the order of the biologist and state.
To avoid bear problems, the state recommends people not feed
them, stop feeding birds as soon as the snow melts, clean
garbage cans with ammonia and store trash in clean, secure
containers. People should also not burn garbage and should
clean barbecue grills, among other precautions. Anyone who
feeds a bear within 500 feet of a residence or structure can
be fined up to $250.
The Jail Mess
The harassment cases surrounding the Ulster County jail and
sheriff’s department, which surfaced a few weeks back
with lawsuits filed by three female employees charging that
a climate of harassment has become normal at the county facility
and department, took on an odd twist in the past week.
On Wednesday, May 27, former Ulster County corrections officer
Paul Wesoloski, dismissed last year based on allegations that
he sexually assaulted a female guard, came forth to lay out
his own countersuit against the department for having acted
against him for being a whistleblower on a case of brutality
within the prison, and opened up the possibility of his becoming
a witness for the plaintiffs in the harassment case, including
the woman he allegedly harassed himself, by outlining the
culture of harassment he’d witnessed in his years working
at the jail.
Wesoloski, accompanied by attorney Michael Sussman, spoke
in front of City Hall nearly two weeks after his accuser in
the assault case, Amy Negron, and three fellow female corrections
officers held their own press conference to announce a federal
lawsuit against Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum and
jail officials for what they claim was sexual harassment and
discrimination.Although Wesoloski emphatically denies having
sexually assaulted Negron and has filed a countersuit against
his dismissal based on that charge, he has supported the claims
of sexual harassment the women have leveled against the jail
Sussman who, in an unrelated case, also represents three women
suing the city of Kingston’s Department of Public Works
for sexual harassment, said that he called the press conference
to refute the allegations against Wesoloski contained in Negron’s
lawsuit. According to Negron’s suit, which was filed
in June 2008 (the other women joined the suit with their own
allegations last month) on two consecutive shifts in December
2005, Wesoloski groped her, demanded sex and tried to coerce
her into a utility closet.
Negron’s suit claims that Wesoloski had previously been
accused of sexually harassing female inmates and routinely
engaged in severe harassment of women co-workers. In September
2007, Wesoloski was acquitted of a criminal charge of forcible
touching in Kingston City Court. A disciplinary hearing officer
at the Sheriff’s Office, however, upheld the accusation
and Wesoloski was fired. Wesoloski’s countersuit against
Negron and Van Blarcum seeks reinstatement and $500,000 in
compensatory and punitive damages.
In an earlier lawsuit, Wesoloski sued former Ulster County
Sheriff Richard Bockelmann claiming that he suffered retaliation,
including a 30-day suspension for insubordination and leaving
his post without relief immediately following the Dec. 30,
2004, incident in which he reported the alleged attack on
an inmate. That lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge and
is currently on appeal.
The environmental group Riverkeeper has put the Accord Speedway
in nearby Rochester on notice that it intends to sue the racetrack
for “continuously polluting a nearby stream and connected
wetlands” with pesticides, anti-freeze, oil, grease
and other petroleum products.
The pending lawsuit, announced on Riverkeeper’s Web
site, contends Accord Speedway has used discreet locations
to dump waste products into an area that includes a nearby
Riverkeeper also alleges Accord Speedway is operating an open
dump in violation of a federal Clean Water Act and Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act ban on open dumping.
Riverkeeper said it served the notice on May 19 and is required
to wait 60 days before filing a case in federal court.
“New York State is given the opportunity to step in
and file their own enforcement case and the polluter is given
an opportunity to halt all violations,” the group said
on its Web site. “Following the waiting period, Riverkeeper
will file a case in federal court if violations persist and
the state has not enforced against the Speedway.”
The Ulster County Board of Elections will be hosting a Campaign
Finance Seminar on Monday, June 8th from 9:30 AM until 12:30
PM at the Ulster County Office Building in the Legislative
Chambers on the 6th floor. The seminar will be conducted by
the New York State Board of Elections. You can register for
the seminar or check for alternate locations and dates on
the following web site – www.elections.state.ny.us.
You may also call the Ulster County Board of Elections with
any questions or if you require further information at 845-334-5470.
Jay Canosa, 44, of Shandaken, has been sentenced to one to
three years in state prison on charges of felony vehicular
manslaughter and felony vehicular assault stemming from a
one-car accident last September that claimed the life of one
of his passengers.
Canosa was driving a 1987 pickup with two passengers on Broadstreet
Hollow Road in the town of Shandaken at about 10:30 p.m. on
Sept. 6, 2008, when the truck veered off the road and struck
a large tree. The crash killed passenger Timothy Phelan, 48
of Phoenicia, and seriously injured the other passenger, Karl
W. Bowers, 50, of Shandaken, who suffered multiple rib fractures
and other injuries. At the time of the accident, Canosa’s
blood alcohol content level was 0.11 percent, which is 0.03
points above the legal limit for driving while intoxicated.
Prosecutors said Canosa admitted drinking beer and other alcoholic
beverages at a local tavern before driving home to Shandaken.
In court on Wednesday, Canosa apologized to Phelan’s
family, some of whom were present. He said Phelan was his
friend and he was truly sorry.
Ulster Savings Bank will be joining the Mexican Consulate
mobile unit in providing products and services to the Hispanic
community. The event will take place at The Casa Villa Restaurant,
located at 395 Albany Avenue, in Kingston on Wednesday, June
3rd through Sunday, June 7th
The Mobile Consulate will be issuing passports and consular
ID cards to Mexican citizens who reside in the Mid-Hudson
Valley. Ulster Savings Bank will also be offering the opportunity
to open personal or business checking accounts to individuals
that obtain or renew their passports or consular ID cards.
For more information about this upcoming community event,
please contact Carlos A. Campuzano, at 338-6322, ext. 3552.
Laurie Rankin of the Child Care Council of Ulster County.
will speak on the topic of “Affordable Child Care”
on Tuesday, June 9th at 7:30 p.m. at the Pine Hill Community
Center. Sponsored by the Shandaken Women’s Network,
this informative presentation and discussion is open to men
as well as women. Stay-at-home dads and caretaking grandparents
are especially welcome. Rankin will present information on
finding quality childcare for a wide variety of situations.
She will also speak on how to open and succeed with a childcare
business and the support that the Child Care Council provides
to such businesses. Ms. Rankin is a former nurse who has operated
her own childcare business and nursery school.
Women of all ages are also invited to join the Shandaken Women’s
Network at 6:00 p.m. for a pot luck dinner and women’s
networking meeting prior to Ms. Rankin’s program. Women
should bring a covered dish to share and R.S.V.P.
For more information, contact Melody Newcombe at 688-5472
or visit www.pinehillcommunitycenter.org
The co-founder of a nonprofit group called Learner First has
applied to open a charter school at TechCity, with a desired
opening date of Sept. 1, 2010. An application for it says
the school is planned to initially serve about 345 students.
According to that application, Learner First is run by Andrew
A. Taylor and “uses 21st century learning tools”
to tutor more than 1,500 low-income students in New York state,
including several from the Hudson Valley. Because of the region’s
high concentration of working artists and new emphasis on
the development of alternative energy, the school’s
curriculum would emphasize the arts and high-tech skills.
Taylor described the education model the school would use
as a hybrid of face-to-face instruction and remote deliveries,
such as online courses, that would allow educators to offer
Advanced Placement and college credit courses that are not
available in the region’s public schools.
Taylor, who worked as an administrator in the Rondout Valley
school district for about a year-and-a-half, said he believes
public schools in the area “are doing a great job, and
this isn’t a statement against them.” Instead,
he said, he wants to offer parents and students options. His
application pointed to a lack of alternatives to the public
school system for low-income students in the region as one
of the reasons for the proposal.
According to the application, about 40 percent, or 138, of
the charter school’s students would be expected to come
from the Kingston school district. Taylor said that for each
student who goes to a charter school, the public school district
in which that student lives pays the charter school a portion
of the cost per pupil.
The application estimates 34 students per district would come
from Rondout Valley, New Paltz, Onteora, Saugerties, Red Hook
and Rhinebeck, with costs to those districts ranging from
$384,302 in Saugerties to $533,352 in Onteora.
The school’s first-year students would be in grades
five through nine. Each year after that, another high school
grade would be added. Taylor’s applications estimates
that by the school’s fourth and fifth years, it would
serve a total of 552 students in grades five through 12. There
would be three classes per grade level with 23 students per
class. The school would be housed in a two-floor, 50,000-square-foot
space at TechCity.
Taylor said the application was sent to the State University
of New York’s Board of Trustees and that the board will
review it in the next few months. If the plan is approved,
administrators would be hired in the spring of 2010, followed
by teachers in the summer.
A public hearing on the charter school proposal has been scheduled
for 5:30 p.m. June 3 in the Kingston school district’s
main office, 61 Crown St.
Forty-six states and the District of Columbia have announced
an effort to craft a single vision for what children should
learn each year from kindergarten through high school graduation,
an unprecedented step toward a uniform definition of success
in American schools. The push for common reading and math
standards marks a turning point in a movement to judge U.S.
children using one yardstick that reflects expectations set
for students in countries around the world at a time of global
Today, each state decides what to teach in third-grade reading,
fifth-grade math and every other class. Critics think some
set a bar so that students can pass tests but, ultimately,
Led by the National Governors Association and the Council
of Chief State School Officers, the states are aiming to define
a framework of content and skills that meet an overarching
goal. When students get their high school diplomas, the coalition
says, they should be ready to tackle college or a job. The
benchmarks would be “internationally competitive.”
Once the organizers of the effort agree to a proposal, each
state would decide individually whether to adopt it.
The nearly complete support of governors for the effort -
leaders in Texas, Alaska, Missouri and South Carolina are
the only ones that have not signed on - is key.
“This is the beginning of a new day for education in
our country,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.
“A lot of hard work is ahead of us. But this is a huge
step in a direction that would have been unimaginable just
a year or two ago.”
Duncan added that today’s patchwork system amounts to
“lying to children and their parents, because states
have dumbed down their standards.” He and other critics
say that disparity becomes clear in places where students
earn high marks on state tests but fall short on national
On Monday, June 8, 2009, the Rural Ulster Preservation Company
(RUPCO) will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of its NeighborWorks
Homeownership Center with an open house event at the center’s
base of operation at 301 Fair St. in Kingston. The anniversary
celebration will honor Ulster County Executive Michael Hein
for his leadership and support of both RUPCO and of the Ulster
County Housing Consortium. Services of the HomeOwnership Center
including its First Time Homebuyer Program, its home repair
programs and its homeownership and foreclosure counseling
activities will be showcased. Clients who have successfully
used the various programs will be on hand to share their stories.
The open house event, which features showcases, refreshments
and hourly door prize drawings, will run from 3 PM –
6 PM on Monday June 8, with formal presentations and awards
at about 4:00 PM. Detailed information about the HomeOwnership
Center and its services is available by calling 845-331-9860
or visiting www.rupco.org.
Saying that climate change is underway and the Hudson Valley
must adapt to face the challenges it will pose, the Nature
Conservancy has issued a report outlining a series of recommendations.
The Rising Waters project, a multi-stakeholder scenario development
process, considers the likely impacts of climate change on
the Hudson Valley over the next several years, said Katie
Dolan, executive director of the Eastern New York Chapter
of the organization.
“We are working with Hudson Valley communities to figure
out what the Hudson Valley and Catskills are going to look
like in the year 2030 and how we can get ahead of the game
in term of understanding the climate change impacts in the
Hudson Valley using scenario planning,” she said.
The group’s findings include that climate change is
already underway in the Hudson River Estuary Watershed and
the local climate will become increasingly warm, wet and variable
through at least the end of the century. Expected increases
in frequency and intensity of extreme weather pose the most
immediate and serious direct threats to human and ecosystem
health and well-being, the report found. And, sea level rise
due to global warming is a serious threat to human and ecosystem
health over the course of this century.
A special “2009 River Summit” on Monday, June
8th at The Thayer Hotel at West Point, from 10 am to 4:30
pm will discuss these and other issues. Advance registration
is required due to space limitations. To register, call Historic
Hudson River Towns at 914-232-6583.
Talk about thinking locally with global repercussions…
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently warned
that invasive alien species are harming the ecosystem services,
livelihoods and economies throughout the world. In a message
on the International Day for Biological Diversity, he said
this unwanted by-product of globalization affects native biodiversity,
agriculture, forestry, fisheries and even human health. The
Secretary-General says the most cost-effective and feasible
method of controlling the spread of invasive alien species
is prevention and education. He added that it behooves his
agency, and individual governments, to now start setting aside
substantial funding for such fights.
“Shandaken in Bloom, A Garden Tour” will be taking
place as a benefit for the Shandaken Democratic Party on Sunday,
June 28 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with reservations already
filling up. With gardening in Shandaken challenging, to say
the least, yearly optimism prevails and a sturdy individualistic
form of gardening has resulted. This year’s tour will
showcase the renowned garden of garden designer, Dean Riddle,
author of “Out in the Garden: Growing a Beautiful Life”.
Additional landscapes feature fabulous shady woodland gardens,
unusual organic vegetables, colorful cottage gardens, waterscapes
and gardens with fantastic views. Advance tickets are available
at Catskill Rose on Route 212 in Mt. Tremper, where the tours
will start on June 28, and at Tenderland Home in Phoenicia.
For more information call Michelle Spark at 688-2893 or Susan
Robertson at 688-7493.
The Hurley Rail Trail Committee is holding a “Trail
Mixer” for National Trails Day that will include information
on the exciting new Quadricentennial Geocaching Challenge
alongside a host of special activities. Visit www.hurleyrailtrail.blogspot.com
or www.townofhurley.org for more details.
The Catskill Center in Arkville is also planning key activities.
Visit their website at www.catskillcenter.org for more info
on what they’re doing.
And hey… get out and explore our trails!
In 2003 while lobbying leaders to put together the Coalition
of the Willing, stumping for the Iraq War, President Bush
spoke to France's President Jacques Chirac and wove a story
about how the Biblical creatures Gog and Magog were at work
in the Middle East and how they must be defeated.
In Genesis and Ezekiel Gog and Magog are forces of the Apocalypse
who are prophesied to come out of the north and destroy Israel
unless stopped via great war. Bush believed the time had now
come for that battle, telling Chirac: "This confrontation
is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase
his people's enemies before a New Age begins".
The story of the conversation emerged only because the Elyse
Palace, baffled by Bush's words, sought advice from Thomas
Romer, a professor of theology at the University of Lausanne.
Four years later, Romer gave an account in the September 2007
issue of the university's review, Allez savoir.
The story has now been confirmed by Chirac himself in a new
book in which he admits to having been stupefied and disturbed
by Bush's invocation of Biblical prophesy to justify the war
in Iraq and "wondered how someone could be so superficial
and fanatical in their beliefs".
In the same year he spoke to Chirac, Bush had reportedly said
to the Palestinian foreign minister that he was on "a
mission from God" in launching the invasions of Iraq
and Afghanistan and was receiving commands from the Lord.
There is a curious coda to this story. While a senior at Yale
University George W. Bush was a member of the exclusive and
secretive Skull & Bones society. His father, George H.W.
Bush had also been a "Bonesman", as indeed had his
father. Skull & Bones' initiates are assigned or take
on nicknames. And what was George Bush Senior's nickname?
Those Summer of Love folks who revisit their Hippie Sacred
Ground in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park every 10
years to celebrate the 1967 Human Be In that beget the Summer
of Love that beget the Woodstock Generation and Age of Aquarius
held a Press Conference on May 27 to announce their plans
to fight legal maneuvers from organizers of the Woodstock
Aquarian festival whose 40th anniversary is this summer. Council
of Light leader and producer Boots Hughston, Former District
Attorney Terrence “Kayo”Hallinan, Woodstock Festival
veteran musician and attorney Barry “The Fish”
Melton and Country Joe McDonald, along with Lester Chambers
of The Chambers Brothers and Super Lotto Winner Dennis “Mr.
Lucky” Sanfilippo, announced that despite a Cease and
Desist demand from NY’s Woodstock Ventures, their day
long free show on October 25th is fully permitted and financed
and will take place as scheduled. Hughston also noted formal
complaints against what they say is “an old fashioned
shakedown tactics for money” by Woodstock producer Michael
Lang whose own 40th Anniversary of Woodstock event never materialized
has been using a high-powered NY law firm to demand payment
from any event in the world that plans to celebrate the “40th
Anniversary of Woodstock” or use art or phrases that
contain “peace & music” according to those
who organized the press conference.
The group of Summer of Love and Woodstock veterans will demand
that Woodstock Ventures recognize that the “Peace, Love
& Music they wish to cash in on was created in San Francisco.”
The wish to remind Lang that no less than 18 of acts that
performed at the original Woodstock flew in from San Francisco.
Lang’s memoirs of putting together the festival are
about to come out next month, co-written by fellow Phoenicia
School parent Holly George-Warren.
For some it’s as much a part of summer as baseball and
fireworks…the annual Phoenicia library Fair, set this
year for Saturday, June 6th, has become known as one of the
best places in the region to get great deals on all sorts
of plants, shrubs, groundcovers and all things green.
Library Fair Volunteer Veronica Rowe said now is a good time
to start dividing perennials and potting up groundcovers,
shrubs, houseplants, and herbs and donate them for the sale.
“Label the plants with their names, and we will help
them find a happy new home,” she said. “You can
bring your plants to the library on Friday, June 5 or early
in the morning on June 6. If you need to have them picked
up, call the library and we’ll try and arrange it. So
gardeners and plant lovers, please help us out. We look forward
to seeing everyone at the Library Fair. It’s always
a lot of fun and a great opportunity to pick up some new plants.
It’s all for a wonderful cause: the Phoenicia Library.”
The Library, and the Fair, are located on Main Street in the
Village across from Sweet Sue’s. Just listen for the
music by this year’s key entertainer… Uncle Rock!
Once reserved for cases in which the life of the baby or mother
was in danger, the cesarean is now routine. The most common
operation in the U.S., it is performed in 31% of births, up
from 4.5% in 1965.
With that surge has come an explosion in medical bills, an
increase in complications - and a reconsideration of the cesarean
as a sometimes unnecessary risk.
It is a big reason childbirth often is held up in health care
reform debates as an example of how the intensive and expensive
U.S. brand of medicine has failed to deliver better results
and may, in fact, be doing more harm than good.
"We're going in the wrong direction," said Dr. Roger
A. Rosenblatt, a University of Washington professor of family
medicine who has written about what he calls the "perinatal
paradox," in which more intervention, such as cesareans,
is linked with declining outcomes, such as neonatal intensive
care admissions. Maternity care, he said, "is a microcosm
of the entire medical enterprise."
As the No. 1 cause of hospital admissions, childbirth is a
huge part of the nation's $2.4-trillion annual health care
expenditure, accounting in hospital charges alone for more
than $79 billion.
The 38th annual Rainbow Family World Peace Gathering will
be held in one of New Mexico's breathtaking National Forests,
July 1-7. The annual reunion welcomes “everyone with
a bellybutton” to a cost-free, rustic, back-to-nature
encampment in a different National Forest across the nation
every summer, culminating in a massive silent prayer for world
peace on July 4th. Clean-up runs from July 8 to completion.
Past Gatherings have landed in New Mexico in 1995 and 1977.
The Rainbow attendees are an international affiliation of
individualswho gather together on public land to create a
cooperative village thatfocuses on peace, love, healing and
respect for the earth. Many maintain a self-conscious connection
with our own region’s Woodstock festival of 40 years
ago, and have long created something of a presence in Ulster
County and environs.
A specific location has not yet been selected for this year's
Gathering, but volunteers have been scouting both the Carson
and Santa Fe National Forests, working with the United States
Forest Service (USFS) to home in on the best possible site.
For more information go to www.welcomehome.org, a website
run by Gathering enthusiasts. Additional press releases are
on the Rainbow press crew's website, www.rpcnews.us.